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Moriano awarded early career fellowship for underrepresented groups

Moriano awarded early career fellowship for underrepresented groups
Dr. Pablo Moriano is a research scientist in the Computer Science and Mathematics Division at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Credit: ORNL, U.S. Dept. of Energy

Pablo Moriano, a research scientist in the Computer Science and Mathematics Division at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory, was selected as a member of the 2024 Class of MGB-SIAM Early Career Fellows. Moriano is one of just eight new members chosen for their early career achievements, namely the advancement of industrial and applied mathematics, computational science and data science, as well as support for diversity, equity and inclusion efforts in his research community. 

The Early Career Fellows award is a collaborative initiative between Mathematically Gifted and Black, or MGB and the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, or SIAM, to recognize early career mathematicians from racial and ethnic groups who were historically excluded from the mathematical sciences in the United States. This collaborative program also provides professional activities and career development to promote long-term engagement of the fellows within SIAM and continued success within the wider applied mathematics and computational sciences community.

“As diversity matters in science, I see the MGB-SIAM Early Career Fellowship as an extraordinary opportunity to learn from the other fellows about how they inspire mentees in their networks, and what role networks and connections also play in their success,” Moriano said. “I have a strong personal desire to learn from other fellows’ experiences and the whole SIAM community to be a better mentor for underrepresented scientists.”

Moriano’s research lies at the intersection of data science, network science and cybersecurity. Joining ORNL in 2020, he uses data-driven and computational methods to discover and understand anomalous behavior in large-scale networked systems. Moriano’s work has been applied across a wide range of disciplines, including the detection of exceptional events in social media, internet route hijacking, insider threat behavior in version control systems and intrusion detection in cyber-physical systems. 

Moriano has published more than 25 papers that have appeared in top journals including Expert Systems with Applications, Physical Review E, PLOS ONE, Computers and Security and Nature Scientific Reports. He has also served as a technical reviewer for more than 15 journals and conferences, reviewing over 30 papers.

“This fellowship will allow me to expand my network with outstanding junior and senior scientists,” Moriano added. “In terms of scientific exchange, this fellowship will allow me to engage with people in my area of expertise by incentivizing my participation in SIAM conferences.”

Moriano received his doctoral and master’s degrees in informatics from Indiana University Bloomington, and previously received bachelor's and master’s degrees in electrical engineering from Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Colombia. He is also a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, or IEEE, as well as a member of the Association for Computing Machinery, or ACM.

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